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JUNE 15, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JUNE 15, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY

“Remember that we deal with alcohol, cunning, baffling, 
powerful! Without help it is too much for us. 
But there is One who has all power that One is God. 
May you find Him now!”
Alcoholics Anonymous 4th Edition
How It Works, Page 58
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Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
And your very flesh shall be a great poem.
Be curious, not judgmental.
Walt Whitman

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DAILY REFLECTIONS

JUNE 15
MAKING A.A. YOUR HIGHER POWER
“. . . You can . . . make A.A. itself your ‘higher power.’
Here’s a very large group of people who have solved their
alcohol problem. . . . many members . . . have crossed the
threshold just this way. . . . their faith broadened and
deepened. . . . transformed, they came to believe in a
Higher Power. . . . “
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, pp. 27-28
No one was greater than I, at least in my eyes, when I was
drinking. Nevertheless, I couldn’t smile at myself in the
mirror, so I came to A.A. where, with others, I heard talk of
a Higher Power. I couldn’t accept the concept of a Higher
Power because I believed God was cruel and unloving. In
desperation I chose a table, a tree, then my A.A. group, as
my Higher Power. Time passed, my life improved, and I
began to wonder about this Higher Power. Gradually, with
patience, humility and a lot of questions, I came to believe
in God. Now my relationship with my Higher Power gives
me the strength to live a happy, sober life. 
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Creation
 
Now what is the reason for our being? I’m going to tell you what I think; I think it exists for the delight of God. What else can it exist for? Someone will say you are here to get saved — claptrap, jargon, nonsense, asininity, and confusion — the universe exists not for us to save our souls, they are not lost, and I know darned well if I am lost there isn’t anybody in the world that will know where to look for me. Nor has the devil got us: there isn’t any devil, there isn’t any hell. 
 
The universe must exist for the self-expression of God and the delight of God. You and I are born out of God, and we are born out of a divine urge that creates. God is the Spirit; the Spirit seeks; there is a pressure on everything to express life. The dog must bark, the cat must have kittens, the hen must lay eggs, the artist must paint (no matter how terrible it looks), the singer must sing, the dancer must dance — everything must express life. We are born to create, and we can’t help it. Why is that? Because God, the great Creator, is in us.
 Ernest Holmes Science of Mind


I found that doing Service was what would keep me spiritually fit. 
Anonymous 


I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness,
the astonishing light of your own being!
HAFIZ

“Why struggle to open a door between us when the whole wall is an illusion?” 
― Rumi 


A COURSE IN MIRACLES

ACIM Workbook Lesson 164 Insights
“Now are we one with Him Who is our Source.”
After being shown in yesterday’s lesson how the thought of death shows up in this world, today’s lesson reminds us of what Christ’s vision will show us. Do we want to experience the place of peace within us that is untouched by the turmoil of the world? Christ’s vision shows it to us. Do we want to remember the holiness in us that is untouched by any thought of sin? Christ’s vision shows it to us. Do we want to feel God’s joy in all its fullness? This also is what Christ’s vision offers us.
 
How do we receive Christ’s vision? By letting go of all the things we think we want in this world. The Course shows us again and again that the forms of this world offer us nothing. But if we value these forms, we will not be able to see what Christ’s vision offers us. We see death and destruction instead of eternal life. We see sin and guilt instead of holiness and innocence, which is our reality. We are not asked to sacrifice anything of value. We are simply being asked to recognize the valueless for what it is. When we recognize that it is valueless, we automatically let it go.
 
We are being asked today to lay down all the valueless and leave our minds open to the loving, joyous vision of Christ and bring that vision to the world. If we expect people to behave in certain ways or say certain things for us to feel happy, safe, accepted or appreciated, we cannot receive the vision of Christ. But as we set aside our likes and dislikes and the many demands we make upon the world for us to be happy, we make room for Christ’s holy vision to show us Light where we thought there was only shadows. Christ’s vision shows us Love where we thought there was fear. It shows us joy in place of sorrow, peace in place of conflict.
 
As we learn to see with His vision, we offer His vision to the world. We become a Light amongst the dark shadows of the world. We become God’s messengers of Love with a message that offers healing and peace.
 
Today I will practice setting aside my petty preferences and clear my mind to receive Christ’s vision.
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“Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself……”
― Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi
 
Robert H. ‘Dr. Bob’ Smith continued
It was a Saturday in May, 1935. An ill-starred business venture had brought me to Akron where it immediately collapsed leaving me in a precarious state of sobriety. That afternoon I paced the lobby of Akron’s Mayflower Hotel. As I peered at the gathering crowd in the bar, I became desperately frightened of a slip. It was the first severe temptation since my New York friend had laid before me what were to become the basic principles of AA, in November 1934. For the next six months I had felt utterly secure in my sobriety. But now there was no security; I felt alone, helpless. In the months before I had worked hard with other alcoholics. Or, rather, I had preached at them in a somewhat cocksure fashion. In my false assurance I felt I couldn’t fall. But this time it was different. Something had to be done at once.
 
Glancing at a Church Directory at the far end of the lobby, I selected the name of a clergyman at random. Over the phone I told him of my need to work with another alcoholic. Though I’d had no previous success with any of them I suddenly realized how such work had kept me free from desire. The clergyman gave me a list of ten names. Some of these people, he was sure, would refer me a case in need of help. Almost running to my room, I seized the phone. But my enthusiasm soon ebbed. Not a person in the first nine called could, or would, suggest anything to meet my urgency.
 
One uncalled name still stood at the end of my list–Henrietta S. Somehow I couldn’t muster courage to lift the phone. But after one more look into the bar downstairs something said to me, “You’d better.” To my astonishment a warm Southern voice floated in over the wire. Declaring herself no alcoholic, Henrietta nonetheless insisted that she understood. Would I come to her home at once?
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Sincerely,

Ron Richey
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Honolulu, Hi 96813
 

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